Illinois Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Cicero may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Illinois Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382-384 and 390-399 of the federal regulations.

The following provisions are an overview of Illinois laws that affect trucks operating only in Illinois:

Driver Qualification

Illinois has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with a few notable exceptions. For example, a commercial operator must only be at least 18 years old, rather than 21.

The physical qualification requirements also contain special provisions. Illinois law permits insulin dependent diabetics and drivers with vision problems to continue to drive if they were doing so prior to July 29th, 1986.

Hours of Service

Illinois has adopted Part 395 of the Federal Regulations with a few differences. For instance, a driver is exempt from recording his duty status if he is within a 150-air-mile radius of the normal work reporting location. It was revised from a 100-air-mile radius.

Agricultural movements by motor vehicles are exempt from the hours of service requirements during planting and harvesting seasons.

Vehicle Marking/Identification

Illinois has not adopted Sec. 390.21 of the Federal Regulations for intrastate vehicles.

Crash reports are available from:

Department of Transportation
Accident Report Office
3215 Executive Park Dr.
Springfield, IL 62766
(217) 782-4518

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